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Basim Hanna keeps the time running

  • 2021-06-11
Basim Hanna keeps the time running
Nineveh, June 2021- Basim Elias Hanna repairs watches since 27 years. KirkukNow.
By Ammar Aziz in Nineveh

I am repairing watches for the last 27 years and never left one watch to stop ticking.

My name is Basim Elias Hanna, 55, from the town of Qaraqush in Nineveh. I was injured during Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s and I am paralyzed since then.

I started watch repair when I was 28 which has become not only a source of my income but also a hobby.

I work 5-10 hours a day and can repair all types of watches. It's not a difficult job but it requires patience and experience.

For repairing a watch, I charge 2-5 thousand Iraqi Dinars.

I got married very late and have four kids and I am the only breadwinner for the family. I am entitled also to a small monthly salary of social care.

In 2014, we were displaced to Ainkawa in Erbil yet fortunately in 2017 we are back to our hometown and still repairing watches.


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